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St. Augustine Meth Lab Was Site of 2 Deaths in 2010

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The same St. Augustine home that was the site of a meth lab that was broken up by police on Tuesday was also the site where 2 men were found dead in 2010.

Harry Lee Brano, 71, was found shot to death in a car, while Francisco Gutierrez, 47, ran into the home at 207 Queen Road and was then found dead in the home. Brano and Guitierrez lived together, but were not related.

On Tuesday, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office arrested Chad Dewayne Platt, 35, at that same home on violation of probation charges after finding evidence of a meth lab.

Criminal charges are pending, according to a release from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. Another individual was in the home, but was not charged with a crime.

Probation and parole officers were attempting to locate an individual at the residence around midday Tuesday. The officers then called the sheriff's office after smelling a "strange odor" they believed to be come from the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The Meth Response Team entered the home and dismantled the laboratory. The investigation is still going on, the release said.


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